Signs of joy: “Peeling Oranges” series

Signs of joy hang in the windows
of the house up the street,
and bounce like yellow light off the shiny sides of parked cars.

Farah soars and plummets on a flimsy swing
under twists of wire and grape vines,
and little boys’ sandals flip and flap and echo
off the dusty sidewalk.

An old man, whose bald head peeks
through holes of his white knit hat,
lets his prayer beads dangle from his hand.
Orange butterflies float over white buds about to burst.

Men press their heads to ornate rugs outside the vegetable stand
while I plod through the foam tubs of tomatoes and cucumbers.
Little Sundus, with big, shy eyes, waits with me
as the shopkeeper greets the angels on his shoulders.

I must remember these moments,
these signs of joy that point me toward home.
I must learn to gather them like precious figs into my plastic bag,
and string them like beads into my own prayer.

One of several identical signs on a building in my neighborhood. It reads, "al-farah," which means "joy" in English.

One of several identical signs on a building in my neighborhood. It reads, “al-farah,” which means “joy” in English.

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2 thoughts on “Signs of joy: “Peeling Oranges” series

  1. dear J bird  –  these are the last words I read before bed – like a lovely prayer.  stormy night at C4 and on our way home in the morning.  Thanks for sending your sweet dreams…… and joy!    love you

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  2. Sweet.

    From: Jordan Denari <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Jordan Denari <comment+eqo-b4grnd_frkcmumvsyh@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:02 PM To: Paul Knapp <pknapp@yandl.com> Subject: [New post] Signs of joy: “Peeling Oranges” series

    jdenari posted: “Signs of joy hang in the windows of the house up the street, and bounce like yellow light off the shiny sides of parked cars. Farah soars and plummets on a flimsy swing under twists of wire and grape vines, and little boys’ sandals flip and flap an”

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